Category Archives: Previews

Video Games Preview: Conan Exiles shows promise, but has a long walk across the desert ahead of it

If you have played any open world survival genre in the last 2 years, you’ve got a good idea how your time with Conan Exiles, even in this early state, will play out. Conan Exiles doesn’t really try anything new at this stage and for most that will be okay. It is essentially another entry in the already saturated survival game market. It trades on its name in the hope it will be seen among the rest. Until we all see the final release build, here is what I have experienced in my first 16-hours of Funcom’s Conan Exiles. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Conan Exiles shows promise, but has a long walk across the desert ahead of it

Video Games Preview: Dark Souls III expansion ‘The Ringed City’ doesn’t hold back

A recent statement made by FromSoftware president Hedetaka Miyazaki has indicated that Dark Souls III could be the final chapter in the series, so forthcoming DLC The Ringed City could be our last chance to dip into the unforgiving world that has been so thoughtfully spun for hardcore gamers these past few years. Of course we are still going to see Dark Souls-esque games, as early as sometime this year even (please be Bloodbourne 2), but for now The Ringed City has some pretty hefty expectations to live up to, being the apex of the divisive and storied franchise. Obviously that means it has to be as difficult and frustrating as possible, to live up to the Dark Souls name of course.... Continue Reading

Video Games Preview: Space Politics and Alien Sex Make A Grand Return In Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be one hell of a game. From the moment I was introduced to the space-bound crew of the Ark Hyperion, hurtling as we were to realms unknown, I knew I was in this for the long haul. I will admit to having little prior experience with the Mass Effect franchise, but the strong opening had me hooked from the start. As a member of the Ark crew, you find yourself cryogenically frozen, and travelling towards a distant planet 600 years away in the hopes of finding habitable land upon which to build your new colony. You, and those you journey with, have a one-way ticket, and there’s no turning back. Of course, once you awaken, everything goes wrong, and it’s here that Scott or Sara Ryder’s true mission starts. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Space Politics and Alien Sex Make A Grand Return In Mass Effect: Andromeda

Video Games Preview: Little Nightmares is filled with deliciously dark Tim Burton vibes

Tarsier Studios’ deliciously dark puzzle-platformer Little Nightmares will finally be available for the public at the end of April this year. Having been named “Best Indie” at last year’s Gamescon, the title from the same team who co-developed Tearaway Unfolded with Media Molecule looks to riff further into the adorable world of inventive art focused platformers like LittleBigPlanet (a series they were also involved in). Although this one has a much darker, sinister atmosphere that should slot in perfectly into a world dominated by the survival-horror genre. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Little Nightmares is filled with deliciously dark Tim Burton vibes

Hands-On With Prey: Our First Impressions

From the moment you step foot into the life of Morgan Yu, you enter a world both new and familiar. Prey draws easy and obvious parallels to Arkane Studios’ award-winning Dishonored series, but with its brilliantly unsettling atmosphere and mind-bending opening level, it presents something unique and altogether exciting. Continue reading Hands-On With Prey: Our First Impressions

We spent some time with the For Honor closed beta last weekend, and here’s how it went

For Honor is a title we’ve been keeping in the back of our minds for a little while now. Having appeared and two consecutive E3’s, and always introduced the most passionate team at Ubisoft’s already exuberant press events, For Honor looked like the sort of game that could take the devil-may-care smack-em-up multiplayer shenanigans of games like Chivalry and War of the Roses and give it the structure necessary for co-ordinated team multiplayer. Last weekend’s closed beta confirmed our suspicions. Continue reading We spent some time with the For Honor closed beta last weekend, and here’s how it went

Video Games First Impressions: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard VR Demo (R18+) (PSVR, 2017)

Considering the last games I played were Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Resident Evil 5, getting to spend time with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard , which just so happens to be part of a franchise that I cherish, was a really nice way to get back on the horse. Doubly so because it utilises a feature altogether new to me: virtual reality. Continue reading Video Games First Impressions: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard VR Demo (R18+) (PSVR, 2017)

Video Games Preview: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands single player campaign

Our hands-on time with the single player campaign of Ubisoft’s forthcoming Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands certainly drilled in the whole “bigger and better” description that has been flying around the title, the first major release for the beloved tactical shooter series since 2014’s lukewarm Phantoms. Leaning on next-gen, at least on first impressions, has worked out very well for the developers, allowing them to create the vast, mountainous sandbox of central South American where you run around Bolivia with as much reckless abandon as you want. And that’s really the big difference here, compared to previous titles, Wildlands doesn’t feel like it’s pushing you in a certain direction, squeezing the boundaries of free will so tightly that your ‘tactical freedom’ feels restricted; no, instead Wildlands seems to Ubisoft’s way of telling us they’ve learned some valuable lessons from the vastly improved Far Cry series (as well as some others like Metal Gear Solid V and Just Cause 3) and are channeling those in some exciting ways.... Continue Reading

Video Games Preview: Sniper Elite 4 benefits from a larger scale and Italian setting

It’s been almost 12 years since Rebellion Developments released the first title in what would become the Sniper Elite series, a franchise which was has improved in ways both noticeable and welcome as the years have gone on. The franchise continues this February with Sniper Elite 4, the follow-up to 2014’s Sniper Elite 3, which came closer to perfecting the tactical, sniper-focused gameplay but fell short of greatness due to a few niggling issues. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Sniper Elite 4 benefits from a larger scale and Italian setting

Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch 2, Fleshy Souls (3DS, 2016) is a better version of the first

Instead of pushing back against the inevitable Pokemon comparisons that have been buzzing about ever since the first entry, Yo-kai Watch 2 seems to be welcoming the parallels, particularly by splitting up the sequel into two “same but slightly different” games: Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. Like the constant Pokemon RPGs, developers Level-5 Watch maintain that the only real differences between the two titles are some exclusive Yo-kai to collect in each one. Already the preconceptions are starting to form, right?... Continue Reading